Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Fingers O’Bannon History.
Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Fishing Guides & Fishing Charters: A Bit Of History On Fingers O’Bannon, The Namesake Of The Cabbage Key Snook Tournament.
Fingers O’Bannon was a colorful, beloved and famous hunting and fishing guide in southwest Florida. As is related in the oral history below, Fingers apparently got his name because he had several libations one evening and was lighting cherry bombs with a cigar. To his regret, at one point Fingers became distracted and made the mistake of lighting the firework with the cigar, but throwing the cigar rather than the cherry bomb.
The result was several missing fingers. Fingers cheerfully soldiered on and continued as a very skilled hunter and fisherman and guide after his accident, and a loyal friend to all.
This content is sourced primarily from the University of Florida oral history archives. The subject is the early development of Cape Coral, but Fingers O’Bannon is mentioned prominently as a big and lively character during this era in southwest Florida. The interview is in May of 1989. David Dodrill is interviewing Edward Hansen, the dockmaster of the Fort Myers Yacht Basin.
The photographs are sourced from the New York Social Diary, a New York society publication. Fingers and Ogden Phipps are quail hunting near Clewiston, Florida in January 1970.
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